Anna McNay

Interview with Jeanne Masoero


Interview: Jeanne Masoero

Born in London to Italian parents,
Jeanne Masoero spent her first six years living in Italy. When she returned to
England and was sent to a convent school, she spoke no English and was looked on
as something of a curiosity. The strict education that ensued – “Latin and
Gregorian chant and not much else” – instilled in her a rigorous discipline,
which is apparent in her intricate abstract drawings and paintings, where
unseen nets carry clusters of minute marks – grains of colour – out into a
sublime infinity, while simultaneously keeping them contained within an
amniotic sac, floating in a white expanse. It is possible to trace journeys
between the ridges and valleys, like on a map, and each work offers a journal
of journeys – made by Masoero, made by the viewer – through invisible and
imagined landscapes.

Studio International spoke to
Masoero in her studio during a recent exhibition of her work at Sandra Higgins
Fine Art, London, Invisible Cities:A Mayan Journey. Higgins was also present.

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